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Mary Wilder Allen was born 3 June 1642 in Charlestown, Suffolk County, Massachusetts to Thomas Wilder (1621-1667) and Anne Wilder (c1622-) . She married Daniel Allen (1635-1706) 1658 in Charlestown, Suffolk County, Massachusetts.

Biography

Mary Wilder was the daughter of Thomas Wilder and his wife Anne. She was born on 30 June 1642 in Charlestown, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, Her birth was recorded as 30 (4) 1642. In the early Puritan days, names of months were dropped, due to their Roman or pagan origins, and the year began March 25; therefore March was numbered the first month, and February the twelfth. See Pulsifer, David. "Early Records of Boston", The New England Historical and Genealogical Register volume IV (1850), page 270, for a type-written version of the document (https://archive.org/details/newenglandhistor004wate).

Mary Wilder was christened on 3 July 1642, also in Charlestown. In this book, "Records of the first church in Charlestown, 1632-1789," which can be found online here: https://books.google.com/books?id=21Fb71VEe-kC&pg=PA1&lpg=PA1&dq=early+records+of+charlestown+mass&source=bl&ots=eQUCXJt8ae&sig=tXUtElhrhDzhEMHCIicGADEuRSY&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0CEYQ6AEwBmoVChMIxcXF2MrnxwIVBZWICh2zzwu6#v=onepage&q=early%20records%20of%20charlestown%20mass&f=false, on page 51, a typewritten version of her baptismal record. Baptismal records end right in 1642 and don't start up again until 1658.

According to the book, "The Early Records of Lancaster, Massachusetts. 1643-1725," page 298 (see https://archive.org/details/earlyrecordslan00masgoog), Mary married Daniel Allen, a cooper in Charlestown, "and upon a gift of forty acres of land from her father, they came to Lancaster, bringing children born in Charlestown and Watertown, but after some years' residence ...returned to Watertown." I am not sure this statement about bringing younger children with her is correct - from what I can tell, the 3 children born before moving to Lancaster all died before the move.

Regardless, while in Lancaster their early records show the birth of three additional children: (p. 315) Samuell Allin 17 (2) 1664 of Daniell and Marie (Wilder) (p. 316) Elnathan Allen 7 (11) 1666 of Daniel and Mary (p. 316) Thomas Allen Feb. 20, 1669 of Daniel and Mary

Lancaster was the site of a smaller Indian attack in 1675 when 8 people were killed, and a much larger attack in February, 1676, when upwards of 55 people were slain or captured. The city was abandoned, burned to the ground, and uninhabited for 3 about years. It looks like Mary and Daniel left town before these attacks, not to return. Daniel was gifted land from his father in 1673 in Watertown, and they moved then or a little before to Watertown.

Marriage & Family

Purported Marriage to Mary Sherman

However, while this book helps to clear up one potential problem, it helps to either create or perpetuate an entirely separate one. This book lists Daniel's wife as Mary Sherman, who is a real person and did live during this time. For some more information on why the author of this book about Daniel's father might have mistaken his first wife for Mary Sherman, please see this website: http://catnip13.tripod.com/Allen.html. I like how this website explains: "Some genealogists have stated that Mary Allen, wife of Daniel was the daughter of John Sherman of Watertown, MA, who in his will named his daughter Mary Allen. Mary (Sherman) Allen was the wife of Lewis Allen of Watertown, who was her second husband. She married (1) at Watertown Henry Freeman on 27 Nov. 1656.34 He died at Watertown 12 Nov. 1672 and sometime after this date she married Lewis ALLEN. Mary (Sherman) Allen died in Watertown 15 July 1703."

1st Marriage: Mary Wilder

Regardless, while in Lancaster their early records show the birth of three additional children: (p. 315) Samuell Allin 17 (2) 1664 of Daniell and Marie (Wilder) (p. 316) Elnathan Allen 7 (11) 1666 of Daniel and Mary (p. 316) Thomas Allen Feb. 20, 1669 of Daniel and Mary

The book mentioned above about Walter Allen lists many children for this couple, a few of which could be speculative towards the bottom of the list, but here they are anyway: 1 - Daniel - 1659 2 - Rebecca 1660/1661 3 - Mary - 1662 4 - Samuel - 1664 5 - Elnathan - 1666 6 - Thomas - 1669 7 - Abigail - 1672 8 - Ebenezer - 1674 9 - Rebecca - 1677 10 - Elizabeth - 1679 11 - Lydia - 1681




Children


Offspring of Daniel Allen and Mary Wilder (c1634-)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Daniel Allen (1659-1662)
Rebecca Allen (1660-1660)
Mary Allen (1662-1662)
Samuel Allen (1664-1745)
Elnathan Allen (1666-1735) 7 January 1666 Lancaster, Worcester County, Massachusetts 1 October 1735 Shrewsbury, Worcester County, Massachusetts Mercy Rice (1670-1727)
Thomas Allen (1669-1671)
Abigail Allen (1672-)
Ebenezer Allen (1674-1770)
Elizabeth Allen (1679-)
Lydia Allen (1680-)

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